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### Any further applications of Freudenthal's 1936 Spectral Theorem ?

Seemingly completely forgotten, back in 1936, the Dutch mathematician Freudenthal, quite well known at the time, proved his so called Spectral Theorem, see chapter 6 in Luxemburg & Zaanen : Riesz ...

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### Subposets of small Dushnik-Miller dimension

The Dushnik–Miller dimension of a partial order $(P,{\leq})$ is the smallest possible size $d$ for a family ${\leq_1},\ldots,{\leq_d}$ of total orderings of $P$ whose intersection is ${\leq}$, ...

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### Vector-valued valuations on lattices

There's a fair amount of work on valuations on (modular) lattices, by which I mean functions $v : \mathcal{L} \rightarrow R$ that satisfy the modular expression
$$v(x) + v(y) = v(x \wedge y) + v(x ...

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### Explicit ordering on set with larger cardinality than R

Is it possible to construct (without using Axoim of Choice) a totally ordered set S with cardinality larger than $\mathbb{R}$?
Motivation: A total ordering is often called a “linear ordering”. I have ...

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### What is the minimal size of a partial order that is universal for all partial orders of size n?

A partial order $\mathbb{B}$ is universal for a class $\cal{P}$ of partial orders if every order in $\cal{P}$ embeds
order-preservingly into $\mathbb{B}$.
For example, every partial order
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### Cyclic order relation in Zn

The ring Zn:={0,1,..,n-1} under addition and multiplication modulo n.
Suppose a,b,c,x $\in$ Zn are nonzero and the cyclic order R(a,b,c) holds, then under what conditions does R(ax,bx,cx) hold ?

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### Order types of positive reals

Suppose one has a set $S$ of positive real numbers, such that the usual numerical ordering on $S$ is a well-ordering. Is it possible for $S$ to have any countable ordinal as its order type, or are the ...

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### Correspondence between functions on a set and “states” on its power set

Let $L$ be the poset (ordered by set inclusion) that is the power set of some set $X$.
A state is a function $s:L \rightarrow [0,1]$ satisfying
i) for {$p_1,p_2,...$}, $p_i \in L$ a
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### Terminology: Lexicographical order [closed]

I would like to order a group of things by a set of rules of decreasing precedence. Please critique this sentence to help illustrate that:
We define a lexicographical ordering for sheep by looking at ...

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### (a,b) ≤ (a',b') iff b ≤ a' or (b' = b and a ≤ a') where a≤b and a'≤b'. Has any one seen this order?

I have been mucking round with orders, and this is the order that I found I needed. I would like to know if it is defined somewhere else, it is kind of difficult to search for such things.
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### Does the exact pair phenomenon for partial orders occur in your area of mathematics?

Suppose that I have a partial order P and an increasing sequence $a_0< a_1<a_2<\cdots$ of elements of $P$. A pair of elements (b,c) from P is said to be an exact pair for this sequence, if
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### How many groups of size at most n are there? What is the asymptotic growth rate? And what of rings, fields, graphs, partial orders, etc.?

Question. How many (isomorphism types of) finite groups of size at most n are there? What is the asymptotic growth rate? And the same question for rings,
fields, graphs, partial orders, etc.
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### infinite permutations

This question is related to this one: Continued fractions using all natural integers. Suppose we have the set of natural numbers $N$ with order and we perform permutation on it. So we obtain the same ...

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### Kuratowski closure-complement problem for other mathematical objects?

The original Kuratowski closure-complement problem asks:
How many distinct sets can be obtained by repeatedly applying the set operations of closure and complement to a given starting subset of a ...

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### Constructing a metric over a lattice

Consider a lattice $({\cal L}, \wedge, \vee)$ with an antimonotonic function $f: {\cal L} \rightarrow {\mathbb R}$ defined on it (i.e $x \preceq y \implies f(x) \ge f(y)$).
$f$ is said to be ...

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### Weak partitioning vs. strong partitioning

Let $U$ is a complete lattice with least element 0.
Weak partitioning is a collection $S$ of nonempty subsets of $U$ such that $\forall x\in S: x\cap\bigcup(S\setminus\{x\})=0$.
Strong partitioning ...

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### Filter-closed vs. chain-closed

Let A is a complete lattice.
I call a subset $S$ of A filter-closed when for every filter base $T$ in $S$ we have $\bigcap T\in S$. (A filter base is a nonempty, down directed set.)
I call a subset ...

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### Name for “lower/upper bounds” of arbitrary relations?

Given a partial order $R_{\leq}$ over a set $D$, the set of upper bounds under $R$ of a subset $S$ of $D$ is commonly defined as $\{ y \in D | \ \forall x\in S, x R y \}$.
(The set of lower bounds of ...

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### Reconstruction puzzles

[Added: This is a follow-up of an earlier post.]
Consider the following "reconstruction puzzle", stated informally:
Given a concrete poset, e.g. the poset of undirected unlabeled finite graphs ...

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### Does ⋄ generate all De Morgan algebras?

(Asked by Nathaniel Hellerstein on the Q&A board at JMM)
This question is about De Morgan algebras (see also Wikipedia), which are something like Boolean algebras, but with a different weaker ...

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### Is every lattice the fixed-point set of an order endomorphism of ⋄^n?

(Asked by Nathaniel Hellerstein on the Q&A board at JMM)
Let ⋄ be the 4 element lattice
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Is every lattice isomorphic to the fixed point lattice of some ...

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### closure of separative quotients

Does there exist a partial order, nontrivial for forcing, that is countably closed, but whose separative quotient is not countably closed? Supposing the answer is yes, then is there a partial order, ...

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### Which are the rigid suborders of the real line?

Which are the rigid suborders of the real line?
If A is any set of reals, then it can be viewed as an order structure itself under the induced order (A,<). The question is, when is this structure ...

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### The proper name for a kind of ordered space [closed]

I'm trying to find the correct term for a specific kind of totally ordered space:
Let $S$ be a totally ordered space with strict total order $<$.
Property: For any two $s_{1}$ and $s_{2}$ in $S$ ...

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### Countable atomless boolean algebra covered by a larger boolean algebra

Suppose Q is an atomless countable boolean algebra, and B is an arbitrary atomless boolean algebra. Q is unique modulo isomorphisms. There is a subalgebra in B that is isomorphic to Q. There is ...

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### Ordinals that are not sets

The class of all ordinal numbers $\mathbf{Ord}$, aside being a proper class, can be thought of an ordinal number (of course it contains all ordinal numbers that are sets, not itself). Then one could ...

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### How much choice is needed to show that formally real fields can be ordered?

Background: a field is formally real if -1 is not a sum of squares of elements in that field. An ordering on a field is a linear ordering which is (in exactly the sense that you would guess if you ...

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### Semilattices in atomless boolean algebras

Let S be a bounded semilattice without maximal elements. Can we always construct an atomless boolean algebra B, containing S as a subsemilattice, such that S is cofinal in B-{1}? That is, for every ...

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### name for “solid” subset of a partially ordered set?

For P a partially ordered set, let S be a subset of P such that if:
a,c\in S and b\in P and a<=b<=c then b\in S
Is there a name for a subset with this property? The term "dense" subset is ...

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### Ordering of tuples equivalent to mapping to R?

Suppose we have a non-strict total ordering on tuples of real numbers (the ordering includes tuples of differing lengths). Any tuple, t2, generated from another tuple, t1, by increasing one or more ...

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### Is there a poset with 0 with countable automorphism group?

Is there a poset P with a unique least element, such that every element is covered by finitely many other elements of P (and P is locally finite -- actually, per David Speyer's example, let's say that ...

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### Determining set membership from ordering relationships among disjoint sets

Suppose we have a set $P$ (an infinite set), and we have a partition of $P$ into (finitely many) disjoint subsets $P_i$, so that $P = \cup_i P_i$, and $P_i \cap P_j = \emptyset$ for $i \neq j$.
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### Unbounded countable subset

(Edit: The first formulation is wrong. See the second answer) Does every totally ordered set contain an unbounded countable subset. In other words: If S is a totally ordered set, can we find a (edit: ...

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### Generalizations of Boolean posets/lattices

A Boolean lattice has a number of rather nice properties which give it a central role in many parts of combinatorics. For instance, it's a lattice, it can be augmented with a ring structure, it can ...

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### What's a non-abelian totally ordered group?

Because I have heard the phrase "totally ordered abelian group", I imagine there should be non-abelian ones. By this I mean a group with a total ordering (not to be confused with a well-ordering) ...

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### Automorphisms of the totally ordered group Z^n with lexicographical order

It is easy to see that the totally ordered group Z (the integers) with the natural order has no non-trivial automorphisms. Is this also true for Z^n with the lexicographical order?

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### Chains intersecting antichains in finite posets

I feel a little embarrassed to be asking this question here, since I think it should be much easier than I'm making it, but here goes:
Given a finite poset P, does there necessarily exist some chain ...

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### Is there a “universal LYM inequality?”

This question is based on a blog post of Qiaochu Yuan.
Let P be a locally finite* graded poset with a minimal element, and w be a weight function on the elements of P. Suppose that the total weight ...

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### Questions about ordering of reals and irrationals

Three problems from G.Rosenstein "Linear orderings" (from the end of Chapter 2 and beginning of Chapter 4):
1) Is there a nondecreasing function from irrationals onto reals?
2) Is there a ...